Tuesday 25 November 2014

Ladies Invade Homes in Search of Mah Jongg Sets!   

IsraelSwainAnn M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah jongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig! Hidden deep in the dark of basements, closets, and attics all over this world are some of the most amazing mah jongg treasures people might never see; tiles carefully hand carved and painted by artisans long forgotten. Like skillful and patient archeologists, Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain set out to unearth these lost works of art before they are forgotten forever.

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34 arrested for unlawful mahjong gambling

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Prosecutors indicted 34 people for illegal gambling at a venue on Taipei's Hankou Street yesterday morning. Police arrested gamblers on the scene at the rented mahjong venue and confiscated a total of NT$111,320 (3.500 USD, 2.620 euros) — NT$76,320 in gambling funds and NT$35,000 in illegal profit.

After receiving reports of suspicious activities at the location, police went to investigate with a warrant on Feb. 24, after the Chinese New Year holidays.

They caught 32 gamblers, aged 21 to 82, who insisted they were playing mahjong for recreational purposes.

Police also arrested the venue organizer 56-year old Chen Yuan-qin, and 52-year old Chang Zhe-wei, who was hired to solicit gamblers.

Chang solicited gamblers by offering free memberships after simple identity checks, according to prosecutors. Gamblers were required to exchange NT$3,000 for chips, which they could exchange for money at the end of a game.

“It was difficult to let it slide,” said police, who are motioning for a summary judgment. The venue was casino-scale with eight tables in operation.”

(China Post) 



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